Welcome to our next newsletter! This time we’re breaking down into practical easy to implement steps – how to develop your hazard identification and risk management processes. Sounds awfully boring to some of you I’m sure but this stuff is as important as it gets if you want to stay in business.
How to develop your hazard identification and risk management processes
- Conduct your inspections of your workplace at least once a year using a compliant Workplace Inspection Checklist
- Place any hazards identified on to your Risk Register
- Make an assessment of the level of risk each identified hazard poses to your workers (always have those exposed to a particular hazard assist management in assessing the level of risk)
- Make changes to control the risk (eg. eliminate it by repairing immediately, isolate the hazard, substitute the hazard with something safer, reduce exposure to the hazard using administrative actions, use personal protective equipment)
- Have a process in place to ensure you are regularly staying up to date on the latest health and safety information (eg. from sources such as regulators, WHS Consultants, law firms, technical specialists)
- Have WHS as a standing meeting agendaitem at team meetings to: (a) discuss new WHS information with workers, and (b) ask workers to raise any health and safety problems they have encountered in doing their work and any near misses or incidents that have not been reported (refer to advice given in our previous newsletter – link below) !! Don’t forget to take meeting minutes so you have evidence you’ve done these 2 things.
- Have a WHS Incident & Injury Form for workers to complete and submit so you have evidence you are monitoring and investigating WHS incidents, near misses and worker complaints. If someone has been hurt doing a particular task, then a hazard exists, which could hurt someone else.
An effective safety management system that ensures you meet your obligations under the WHS Act must include having appropriate policies, processes and procedures in place to manage safety in your workplace. Developing a safety management system is a 7-step process. We covered step 1 and step 2 in our last two newsletters (links are below).
Keep your eyes peeled for our next newsletter which will break down step 4 - Have written policies and procedures, into easy to implement steps.
Here are the 7 steps for developing an effective safety management system again for you:
Step 1: Put a safety plan in place
Step 2: Set up a system for consultation with your workers
Step 3: Develop hazard identification and risk management processes
Step 4: Have written policies and procedures
Step 5: Provide all workers with proper training and induction
Step 6: Supervise your workers
Step 7: Monitor your workplace for safety compliance
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Links to our last 2 newsletters
Step 1: Put a safety plan in place (revisit how to do this at: http://www.hrtactics.com.au/bl...
Step 2: Set up a system for consultation with your workers (revisit how to do this at: http://www.hrtactics.com.au/blog/post/1720/HR-Tactics-Newsletter-2017-May-June/